University of Scranton Oral History Collection Guide

University of Scranton Oral History

Collection Guide


Recordings and transcriptions of oral history interviews with University of Scranton community members.
Subset of University of Scranton Archives
Date Range
1980s - Present

Access and Use

Digital Access

Digitized and born digital recordings of oral history interviews are not yet publicly available on the web, but digital files are available upon request. Minor portions of some interviews may be restricted. Please contact University Archives staff for details.

Physical Access

Recordings on cassette (Series I) may be reviewed by appointment in the Reading Room of the University Archives and McHugh Special Collections.


Materials in this collection generally fall under the copyright of the University of Scranton. These materials are available for personal, educational use. Please contact the University Archives staff for permission for other uses.

Preferred Citation

[Interview Title], [Date], University of Scranton Oral History Collection, The University of Scranton Archives. [Reference URL for digital items]

Linked Data

VIAF Personal and Corporate Names


System of Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series by original format.


Series I. Audio Cassettes

This series includes oral history interviews that were recorded on audio cassette and later digitized. Digital recordings have been described and are available upon request. Interviews include:

  • Dr. Martin D. Appleton (May 5, 1988)
  • Marilyn Coar (May 4, 1988)
  • Rev. Joseph Durkin, S.J. (November 16, 1987)
  • Rev. Thomas M. Garrett, S.J. (April 20, 1988)
  • Rev. Richard W. Rousseau, S.J. (May 24, 2005)
  • Dr. Leonard N. Wolf (January 26, 1988)

Series II. Born Digital Recordings

This series includes recent oral history interviews, dated 2009 to present, recorded in born digital formats (either audio or video). Digital recordings have been described and are available upon request. New interviews will be accessioned as they are recorded.

Processing Notes


Audio cassettes (Series I) were digitized in 2013 in preparation for the University of Scranton's 125th Anniversary celebration. Digitization was outsourced to George Blood, LP. Digital sound was captured in Broadcast WAV (BWAV) format with pulse code modulation (PCM) encoding with a 96kHz sampling rate and 16 bit resolution.

Digital Video

Born digital video recordings were generally captured using a Canon Vixia HF10 video camera. Raw files in the proprietary MTS format (.MTS) are converted to mp4 for ease of access.


Transcripts (where available) were prepared by University Archives staff members.